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About Ipecac: This is a medication that can be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy to be used to induce vomiting (after ingesting poison) on the advice of a physician, emergency department or poison control center. However, because its effectiveness for this purpose has not been proven, this agent is no longer recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Some problems associated with the use of Ipecac include persistent vomiting, tiredness and diarrhea. Its use is also dangerous in patients who do not have a gag reflex or have seizures. Chronic misuse of Ipecac can lead to heart problems such as enlargement of the heart, which can lead to heart failure.
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